Fulton saves on landfill violations, moves with new master plan for airport

The Elton Hensley Memorial Airport’s Runway 06-24 is one of the major components of a new management plan the city of Fulton agreed to enter with Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc., an engineering consultant firm in St. Louis.

The Elton Hensley Memorial Airport’s Runway 06-24 is one of the major components of a new management plan the city of Fulton agreed to enter with Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc., an engineering consultant firm in St. Louis. Photo by Dean Asher.

At it’s Tuesday meeting, the Fulton council heard first from Solid Waste Manager J.C. Miller, who explained that most of the city’s $108,500 in fines spurred from Department of Natural Resources violations at the former landfill will be waved so long as the city meets certain requirements.

The council then discussed a new master plan for the Elton Hensley Memorial Airport with City Engineer Greg Hayes. The city agreed to move forward with a professional services contract with St. Louis-based engineering consultants Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. on a new master plan for developing the city’s airport. They also voted to advance a bill to rehabilitate runway 06-24 — one of the key projects at the airport — with the consulting firm.

Following several meetings with DNR, Miller told the council that the state environmental agency was willing to be lenient with the city’s fines so long as they paid $10,500 toward the Callaway County School Fund and met other requirements for the landfill.

Miller said the other $97,000 would be waived as long as the city took a number of corrective actions. DNR will waive $25,000 if the city submits a report of corrective actions taken to treat landfill gas levels and another $25,000 will be suspended if the city “submits a vegetation plan to establish vegetation on the landfill — Miller said reports have been turned in.

The city will also have $22,000 waived so long as it conducts a Supplemental Environmental Performance Project — which the agreement states will “improve the city’s ability to monitor water usage through the installation of smart grid technology” — valued at $64,500.

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